TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run since returning to the Yankees following a drug suspension and Chris Capuano was forced out in the first inning by a quadriceps injury in New York’s 10-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.
Rodriguez hit a long drive to left-center on a 3-1 pitch from right-hander Brandon Workman leading off the fourth inning. Rodriguez has five hits in 11 at-bats (.455) this spring training.
The three-time AL MVP, who turns 40 in July, has not played a full season since 2007 because of a season-long drug suspension, operations on both hips and other injuries.
Rodriguez made his second start at third base and cleanly handled two chances in five innings.
Capuano, the top candidate to be the Yankees’ fifth starter, left after hurting his right leg while covering first base on Brock Holt’s one-out grounder to first baseman Garrett Jones.
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